Wildebeest Calving Season in Tanzania Safari, January to March

A true miracle of nature can be experienced from January to March every year when many of the savanna’s most beautiful creatures give birth to the next generation. This life-affirming adventure takes you to the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Crater where you can see the circle of life in all its splendor.

From $2079
Calving Safari
Seasonal Set Departure Safari – January to March.

This safari is all about experiencing the calving season when the massive herds of wildebeest arrive at the southernmost point of their migration in February and March. It is breathtaking to see the herds on the vast open plains of the southern Serengeti and Ndutu plains, as over 8 000 calves are born daily.

The Calving Season Safari offers travel in custom 4×4 safari vehicles with open tops for optimal game viewing. This is a small group seat-in-vehicle safari with a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, all with window seats. Traveling for 8 days, the safari includes meals, accommodation, park entry fees, and visits to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Ngorongoro Crater. We recommend that you book the incredible Balloon safari add-on with this trip. 

Please also check out our other safari options, like the popular Big Five Luxury Safari and our Classic Tanzania and Kenya combo safari.


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Day 1


Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. After clearing customs, look for your driver. They will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name. Your driver will transport you to Springlands Hotel on the outskirts of Moshi.

Overnight Springlands Hotel (with breakfast) or Similar

Day 2


Drive to Lake Manyara National Park in the morning. Set against the steep escarpment of the Rift Valley, you’ll find Lake Manyara National Park with its evergreen groundwater forest and various ecosystems, including acacia woodland, grassy plains, a swampy fan delta, and – of course – the expansive lake. This diversity attracts a wide variety of mammal, bird, and wildlife species. Manyara is also home to rare tree-climbing lions. The park offers excellent game viewing with buffalo, impala, giraffe, bushbuck, waterbuck, hippos, and many elephants roaming near the lake. You can also be on the lookout for blue monkeys, velvet monkeys, and the very active olive baboon.

Overnight Highview Hotel (with lunch, dinner & breakfast) or Similar

Day 3


Head out after breakfast for the drive to Serengeti National Park. The word “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai language, meaning “endless plain.” En route to the Serengeti, you can visit a Masaai Village, a perfect place to explore the Maasai culture and even participate in some tribal activities. Why not choose to visit Olduvai Gorge, known as the Cradle of Humanity; the Museum is a testament to the long journey that humanity has made from its humble roots in East Africa to its current state as the dominant species on earth.

Overnight at one of our Wild Camps* (with lunch, dinner & breakfast)

* Ikoma Wild Camp, Serengeti Wild Camp or Serengeti Wildebeest Camp

Day 4


Relax for a full day in the Serengeti, unequaled for its beauty and home to the Great Wildebeest Migration. The huge herds of plains game, such as wildebeest, zebra, and antelope, dominate the park, while the attendant predators, such as lion and cheetah, are to be found amongst the many kopjes scattered across the plain. Its landscape varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scattered acacia trees in the center, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west.

Overnight at one of our Wild Camps* (with lunch, dinner & breakfast)

* Ikoma Wild Camp, Serengeti Wild Camp or Serengeti Wildebeest Camp 

Day 5


Enjoy a morning game drive in the Serengeti before your transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, part of the southern Serengeti ecosystem. Most wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. The area is usually heavily populated with elephants, birds, and resident game. Check-in at the lodge with an afternoon game drive.

Overnight Ngorongoro Wild Camp (with lunch, dinner & breakfast)

Day 6


Enjoy a full-day game drive in the Ndutu area. Explore the range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes, and the world-famous Serengeti short grass plains. See great herds of wildebeest and zebra roam. This time of year allows you to witness calves running minutes after birth. This is also the time of year with the best predator action! The marshes and lakes support various bird life and the resident lion prides. Cheetahs are abundant in the plains, and the wooded ridges are always worth a look.

Overnight Ngorongoro Wild Camp (with lunch, dinner & breakfast) or Similar

Day 7


This morning, you descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for game driving and exploration. The crater is 600m deep, 16km across, and 265 sq km in area. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the world’s eighth wonder. Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor, surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra, and gazelle. Flamingos, among other bird species, can often be seen feeding at Makat Soda Lake. Afternoon drive to Moshi for your overnight stay at Springlands Hotel.

Overnight Springlands Hotel (with lunch, dinner & breakfast) or Similar

Day 8


Enjoy a morning at leisure before your transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home. If your flight departs during the evening, why not check out our “Add on” day trip activities  – speak to us to arrange this.

Moshi, TZ
12:55 am, October 14, 2023
clear sky
Wind: 4 mph
Pressure: 1014 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:11 am
Sunset: 6:21 pm
Kiratu, TZ
12:55 am, October 14, 2023
scattered clouds
Wind: 5 mph
Pressure: 1013 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:18 am
Sunset: 6:28 pm
Ngorongoro, TZ
12:55 am, October 14, 2023
scattered clouds
Wind: 4 mph
Pressure: 1014 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:18 am
Sunset: 6:29 pm

During the calving season, thousands of wildebeest give birth to their young in a short period, a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience to witness. The newborn calves are often up and walking within minutes of birth and will soon run alongside their mothers in search of food. The calving season in the Serengeti is also a time when predators such as lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are on the prowl for vulnerable prey. This makes for an exciting and sometimes dramatic wildlife viewing experience as predators chase after wildebeest in search of a meal. The wildebeest calving coincides with the start of the rainy season, which means that there is plenty of food and water available for the wildebeest. The abundance of resources attracts other wildlife to the area, such as zebras and gazelles, making excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. You get to experience a larger cycle of life in the Serengeti, which includes the annual migration of the wildebeest and other grazers across the plains. This cycle of birth, life, and death is a fundamental part of the ecosystem and a powerful reminder of the interconnectedness of all life.

  • This is extra special because the calving season in the Serengeti is between January and March, making it a fleeting moment. We have planned the travel plan so that you get to see the calving in the Serengeti and in the Ngorongoro Conservation area.
  • The accommodation and wild camps are comfortable and well located for you to experience the savanna and wildlife
  • Our safari guides are educated in conservation, and they know the ins and outs of the park. This will enrich your safari experience.

You also get to visit the Lake Manyara National Park, which is known for its stunning scenery, combining forest, savannah, and glistening lake. Visitors can also see the dramatic Great Rift Valley escarpment that runs through the park. Ngorongoro Crater is a massive caldera (collapsed volcano) that is over 2,000 feet deep and spans 100 square miles. The views from the rim are breathtaking, and visitors can enjoy panoramic vistas of the crater and surrounding landscapes. The crater is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, hippos, and more. The crater is also home to many rare and endangered species, such as the black rhino.

What documents do I need to travel to Tanzania?

A visa is required when traveling to Tanzania. Currently, this can be obtained online,  on arrival at airports and border crossings, and is valid for 90 days. A valid passport is mandatory. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Tanzania.

Do lodges and camps have mosquito nets?

We carefully select the accommodation on safari so that you are comfortable and relaxed and can experience a one-of-a-kind atmosphere during your safari. All rooms/tents during your safari are fitted with mosquito nets or are insect-proofed to protect you against bites. You are also advised to use insect repellent to further protect yourself, especially outdoors in the evenings.

Is Tanzania safe to travel to?

Tanzania is generally considered a safe destination for safari-goers. Visitors should follow the safety guidelines provided and take necessary precautions, such as avoiding walking alone at night or leaving valuables unattended.

When does the wildebeest migration take place?

The wildebeest migration takes place in Tanzania typically between the months of November to August, although the timing can vary slightly depending on the weather patterns each year. The migration is a continuous movement of around 1.5 million wildebeest and large numbers of zebras and gazelles across the Serengeti plains in Tanzania in search of fresh grazing land and water. In November and December, the herds of wildebeest can be found in the northern Serengeti near the Kenyan border, where they start calving. As the rains stop and the dry season sets in, the herds begin to move south in search of water and fresh grazing. By April and May, the herds are usually in the central Serengeti. By June, the wildebeest and other herbivores gather at the Grumeti River, where they must cross to continue their journey south. By July, the herds are usually in the eastern Serengeti; by August, they move into the northern region of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Is it safe to drink water in Tanzania?

Drinking tap water in Tanzania is generally unsafe, as it may contain harmful bacteria and parasites that can cause illnesses such as typhoid, cholera, and hepatitis A. Drinking only bottled or filtered water is important to avoid getting sick. You can buy bottled water at most shops, hotels, and restaurants in Tanzania. When traveling in Tanzania, it’s also important to avoid drinking water from sources such as lakes, rivers, and streams, which may also contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Instead, use bottled or filtered water to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after brushing. Additionally, avoiding ice in drinks and peeling fruits and vegetables before eating them is a good idea to reduce the risk of ingesting contaminated water.

What are the best national parks to visit in Tanzania for a safari?

Tanzania is home to many national parks, but the most popular ones for safaris are Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park.

What kind of wildlife can I expect to see on a Tanzania safari?

Tanzania is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, and many species of birds.

What is the best time of year to go on a Tanzania safari?

The best time to go on a Tanzania safari depends on your preferences. The dry season from June to October is the best time for game viewing, but it can be crowded and more expensive. The wet season from November to May offers lush landscapes, fewer crowds, and lower prices, but some parks may be closed due to flooding.

What kind of transportation will be used during my safari?

Our safaris are in 4×4 vehicles, which are ideal for navigating the rugged terrain of the national parks. Some safaris may also include flights to remote areas or walking safaris.

What should I wear on my safari?

It’s important to dress in layers and pack versatile, easy-to-wash, and dry clothing. Don’t forget also to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a small backpack to carry your essentials while on safari. Choose comfortable, practical, and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Lightweight, breathable clothing such as cotton or linen shirts, pants, and shorts. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can also help protect you from the sun, insects, and thorny bushes. Neutral-colored clothing such as khaki, beige, or olive green. Avoid bright colors or patterns, as they can scare off wildlife or attract insects. Closed-toe shoes such as sneakers or hiking boots for walking safaris or nature walks. Sandals or flip-flops can be worn around camp but may not provide enough protection for outdoor activities. A hat or cap to protect your head and face from the sun. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the bright sunlight. A light jacket or sweater for cooler mornings and evenings. Swimwear if you plan to visit a lodge or camp with a swimming pool. A rain jacket or poncho if you’re traveling during the rainy season.

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Included in the price:

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in Moshi
  • Sundowner drink at Highview Hotel
  • Bush lunch in the Serengeti
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All game drives viewing in a custom built 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
  • All park and entrance fees
  • Transportation with 4×4 vehicles with viewing roofs
  • A professional English-speaking driver/guide during the safari
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicles
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Moshi

Excluded from the price:

  • Domestic or International flights
  • Balloon excursion in Tanzania
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff, and porters
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone, and postage
  • Masaai village tour & Olduvai Gorge tour

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